Homing in on pet charity

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ANIMAL lovers showed their patriotism while also raising cash for charity.

The Pets at Home Hartlepool store organised a Royal celebration to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and used the event to help boost charity coffers.

From tombolas to raffles and lucky dips, pet owners competed to win prizes while staff handed over funds that were raised as part of a national fundraising drive during April to the charity Claws and Paws.

Claws and Paws, which has been the store’s Support Adoption For Pets partner since 2010, is an animal sanctuary which takes in abandoned and injured pets and wildlife, caring for them until they are well enough to be re-homed or released.

Liz Parnell, assistant manager of Pets at Home Hartlepool, said: “The Jubilee was a great excuse to throw a party for our colleagues, customers and pets, and the whole weekend was great fun.

“We’re also proud to be continuing to support animal sanctuaries in the local area.”

Pets at Home’s charity, Support Adoption For Pets, has raised more than £1.65m in the past 12 months thanks to the efforts of store colleagues and customers.

In addition, there are dedicated adoption centres in more than 300 of Pets at Home’s 318 stores across the UK.

These centres are home to a range of different pets, such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and other small animals, all looking for a second chance of happiness, often due to a change in their owner’s circumstances.

Support Adoption For Pets helped more than 450 re-homing centres and animal welfare organisations during 2011.